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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Acts 18

Sosthenes and Priscilla

Summary:
In Corinth Paul met Priscilla and Aquila, and preached in the synagogues until the Jews got fed up, so he went to the Gentiles. God told Paul to say in Corinth and not be scared, so he did. Paul got taken to caught but the Romans didn't care about Jewish religious issues. The Jews then beat up Sosthenes, a synagogue leader who had converted, to get attention.

Paul then took Priscilla and Aquila back to Ephesus, and then onto Caesarea and Antioch. A Jew from Egypt, Apollos, taught very convincingly about Jesus, but knew nothing of the Holy Spirit, so Priscilla and Aquila introduced him, and he kept going around convincing Jews about Jesus.

Key verse:
9. Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.

My thoughts:
So Sosthenes helps Paul write 1 Corinthians in the end, as you can see in the first line of that letter. He was a synagogue leader whilst he was a Christian, which shows the blurring of lines between these two faiths at this early stage.

Anyway, also of significance in this chapter is the role of Priscilla. She is the wife if Aquila, yet seems to play quite a significant role in the church over Aquila. She is often used as an example of Biblical female church leadership. Fair enough.

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